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Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii (JCCH)

What’s Happening at the JCCH

若目 - Dane Nakama (S1, E2)

In the JCCH’s new video series,
Rena Gao (@wegofilm) interviews local young entrepreneurs, creatives, and changemakers.

Episode 2 features
Dane Nakama, a Japanese-Uchinanchu artist and aspiring art educator. Rena and Dane talk about their future and the future of the JA community. Their conversations explore themes of history and culture in art, gender and identity, and lesser known pieces of our history.

Watch the full episode on the
JCCH YouTube by clicking the video above!

Free Presentation About Charitable Giving Strategies

Learn about financial strategies that can help you make a transformational gift—a gift that represents your core values and creates long-term, meaningful support.

Featured Speaker: Financial Advisor Daniel DeSouza

Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be served. Please register to attend by November 1, 2023.

Register Here

Saturday, November 4, 2023
9:30 - 10:30 AM
JCCH Craft Table

With the help of volunteers, the
JCCH Gift Shop is curating a special pop-up booth in November that will be comprised of completed craft items. 100% of the sale proceeds from this booth will support the JCCH.

If you are interested in supporting the JCCH Craft Table, please email

*Completed craft item donations will be reviewed before being accepted.

Save the Date: New Year’s ʻOhana Festival

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi (JCCH) will host the 31st annual New Year’s ʻOhana Festival on SATURDAY, January 13, 2024. This event will feature food, cultural demonstrations and activities, and entertainment for the entire family.

We are excited to share our new 2024 Year of the Dragon t-shirt designed by
Sumofish. Pre-orders will begin soon— keep an eye out for our announcement!

JCCH members will receive early access to pre-order t-shirts beginning on November 1st. Not a member? Join/renew at
More Upcoming JCCH Programs and Events

Shichi Go San Ceremony and Portraits - Sunday, November 12, 2023
Only 3 spots are left for Shichi Go San, a ceremonial event to celebrate the good health and fortune of three-year-old and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old boys. Registration will close on November 1, 2023, or when sold out.

Register Your Keiki Here

JCCH Craft & Collectibles Fair - Saturday, November 11, 2023
On the second Saturday of November, shop with local small business vendors that will feature Japanese and Japanese-inspired items. This month will feature the JCCH Craft Table, a special pop-up booth featuring handcrafted gifts. The JCCH Gift Shop and JCCH Historical Gallery will also be open. Shop from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
JCCH Office Featured Ikebana

Each week, our ikebana volunteers generously donate an ikebana arrangement to display in our administrative office lobby. We hope you’ll enjoy this week’s design!

Ikebana by:
Joan Hori

感謝 - With Gratitude

RC Book Sale Fundraiser

Mahalo to everyone who purchased books, DVDs, and CDs at our book sale! This fundraiser raised over $580 for the
Tokioka Heritage Resource Center.
Community Announcements

Temari Hawaiʻi's 40th Trash & Treasure Fair

Shop for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and other treasures crafted by new and veteran invited artists at
Temari Hawaiʻi's one-of-a-kind craft fair. The JCCH Gift Shop will also be open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 4-hour parking validation is available with a $10+ purchase at the JCCH Gift Shop.

EARLY ENTRY (8:00 AM): Active JCCH members and Temari Hawaiʻi members are eligible for early entry to shop from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. Please have proof of either membership for entry.

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ANA ʻAha Mele and Nobuyuki Tsujii

ANA brings Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii to Hawaiʻi for two performances. Blue Note Hawaii will feature a solo performance and brunch concert. The Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell will feature a solo performance and performances with local Hawaiian artists.

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Image: CreativeMornings

Talk at Entrepreneurs Sandbox

CreativeMornings Honolulu will feature speaker Xeana Kamalani Dung, aka “Kama Dung,” a native Hawaiian Olympic gold medalist softball pitcher, model, and branding partnership expert, hailing from Waianae, Hawaiʻi. This event will feature music by Nick Kurosawa.Space is limited.

Register Here

Friday, October 27, 2023
8:30 - 10:00 AM

Chozen-ji Zen Art Show

This upcoming art show will feature work from the young artists training at
Chozen-ji. Items for sale will include wood fired ceramics from one of the only wood fired kilns in Hawaiʻi. Reserve a spot for the in-person show, or shop online from November 4th.

Learn More

November 3 - 5, 2023
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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

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The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH), a non-profit organization, strives to share the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Located at 2454 South Beretania Street in Mō‘ili‘ili, the Cultural Center features a Community and Historical Gallery, Resource Center, Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, Seikōan Japanese teahouse and Gift Shop. The Cultural Center presents various programs, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year.


Honoring our heritage. Embracing our diversity. Sharing our future.


We aspire to co-create a society where a deeper knowledge of one's heritage and a profound understanding of oneself will enable enlightened connections among all people.

Mission Statement

To be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. We do this through relevant programming, meaningful community service and innovative partnerships that enhance the understanding and celebration of our heritage, culture and love of the land. To guide us in this work we draw from the values found in our Japanese American traditions and the spirit of Aloha.


The seeds of thought and planning which had since developed into the solid concrete of Phase I and the working committees of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i were sown over two generations ago. Minds and hearts of Issei and Nisei (first and second generations) forebearers set themselves to the tasks of survival, later to national heroism, and later still to the responsibility of restoring the concept of cultural pride in themselves and their community. Emotions generated by the Kanyaku Imin (125 Years of Japanese In Hawai‘i) celebration in February of 1985 spurred the devotion of major Japanese groups in the community to initially conceptualize the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.

In 1986, The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) initiated the Japan-Hawaii Cultural Center project, "The Dream," for the purpose of bringing together related organizations in Hawai‘i to work in a common effort to preserve the legacy and history of the pioneers who came to Hawaii from Japan, and whose sacrifices and contributions made it possible for the younger generations to become integral members of American society. It was planned to be a legacy where future members of our community could look back and be fully conscious of their roots. The Center would also foster relations by promoting harmony and mutual understanding between Japan, Hawai‘i, and the United States.

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce was willing to accept the enormous responsibility of immortalizing and cultivating the legacy of the Japanese in Hawai‘i by making a commitment to plant and nourish the seedling. Many community organizations supported the creation of a Japanese cultural center, as indicated by a survey to assess the need and expectations for a center.

Courses of action plans were implemented to create Ad Hoc Committees composed of the various Japan related organizations, and to organize a fund-raising organization to raise funds from the community within the State of Hawai‘i as well as in Japan. Committees set in motion to carefully plan, develop, and research in establishing the Cultural Center. The inception of some committees were: Steering, Planning, Public Relations, Historical Research Program, Program, Membership and Property Management. A schedule of "Milestone" tasks for these committees were implemented to prepare for the tremendous work that lay ahead in the formation of the Cultural Center.

On May, 28, 1987, the birth of a new direction and a new step toward the dreams of our forefathers emerged as the Cultural Center was incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawai‘i as a non-profit corporation to develop, own, maintain, and operate a Japanese cultural center in Hawai‘i. As an independent entity, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i would play a most crucial role in perpetuating the cultural heritage we inherited from our Issei forefathers into the lifestyles and values of our children's children.

Revamped, Revved and Ready... the Cultural Center Boards and staff moves forward with great aspirations

The Board of Directors consists of 15 community leaders from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i counties who lead the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i by establishing policies and strategic direction. Each Director either chairs and /or is a member of the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Membership Development Committee, Fundraising Committee, Facilities & Operations Committee, and Budget & Finance Committee. The Board members are elected by the membership as a whole.

The Board of Governors currently has forty (40) members who advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, and oversee the implementation of programs and activities of the Cultural Center. The Board of Governors also assist and maintain the fiscal well-being of the Center by supporting its fundraising activities. The Board of Governors are appointed by the Board of Directors.

The staff of nine full-time and two part-time employees is led by the President & Executive Director who administers the day-to-day operations of the Cultural Center.

The Board of Directors, Board of Governors and the staff, and volunteers work in unison to carry out the many exciting plans at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. When put together these individuals, though all unique in their background, create a dynamic, capable and passionate group who are dedicated to the Cultural Center's mission of sharing the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i.


Historical Gallery & Gift Shop: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Resource Center: By Appointment Only

Administrative Office: By Appointment Only

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